How Do You Measure Sustainability?

Some think that money is the best measure of sustainability. However, other measures are more effective. […]

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Board Member Engagement

Every nonprofit wants an engaged board filled with engaged board members. How will you know when you have that and what is the value of having it? […]

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Authentic Governance

Do the decisions your nonprofit’s board makes seem authentic to the public, staff, clients, and donors? […]

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Who Is Your Successor?

As a nonprofit board member, you care deeply about your nonprofit. Strengthening the mission and increasing your nonprofit’s sustainability are two of the reasons you agreed to serve. How will you achieve those worthy goals? […]

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A Valuable Asset

In some ways, your nonprofit’s board is your most valuable asset. They have the potential to shape your nonprofit’s future, build its reputation, energize your donors, and enhance the career of everyone who works for your nonprofit (staff and volunteers). In other words, your board can significantly increase your nonprofit’s sustainability. […]

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Risk Management

It is generally agreed that one of the primary purposes of a nonprofit board is to ensure the longevity of a nonprofit’s mission. Many nonprofit boards interpret this to mean minimizing decision-making risk. […]

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The Competitive Board

The highly competitive world that nonprofits operate in makes it difficult for the nonprofit board to carry out its primary responsibility (enable the staff to carry out the mission and serve the clients). […]

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What Do the Numbers Say?

Does your budget reflect your nonprofit board’s passion your mission? […]

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How Are You Doing?

There is a significant difference between the nonprofit board’s job and the staff’s job. The staff is responsible for this year. The board is responsible for the future. […]

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Personal Decision Making

In theory, nonprofit board members make objective decisions for the good of the mission and clients. In practice, objectivity is rare. Over the past 30 years, I have served on a variety of nonprofit boards and had the privilege of being president of a few. […]

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